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Hello fellow Benz folk, I have a 1970 250 c, I would like to know where I can get replacement bulbs for the fog lights? The appear to have a different end. If anyone can steer me in the right direction,
You would me very happy.
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They are available many places - the base is a BA20S (BA = bayonet, 20 = 20 mm, s = single contact).

I'd say 35 watt.

12v 35w Fog or Driving Lamp Bulb<br>BA20s base
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12V 35W BA20S - 12V/35W/BA20S - incandescent - miniature lamp light bulb lamp - donsbulbs - light bulbs lamps valve valves tube tubes
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eBay search for ba20s - you'll find dozens.

Now I was looking for an LED replacement - they are much harder to find.
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I last bought bulbs at Autozone... Have you tried the usual suspects (Walmart, Target, etc)?
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The places like autozone done have bulbs like this. Or at least not that I have ever been able to find. It's an odd bulb and ordering on-line is going to be the way to go. But on a realted question, what is the condition of the reflector and gasket in your foglights...? I have some of these foglights and invariably the seal is crap and often the reflector is crap...

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The places like autozone done have bulbs like this. Or at least not that I have ever been able to find. It's an odd bulb and ordering on-line is going to be the way to go. But on a realted question, what is the condition of the reflector and gasket in your foglights...? I have some of these foglights and invariably the seal is crap and often the reflector is crap...
I had a problem where one fog light lens cracked and let water in. By the time I noticed and found a new lens (thank you internet) the reflector was less than perfect.



A little wire brush and some silver spray paint and I got some very nice results.

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A little wire brush and some silver spray paint and I got some very nice results.
I would be very interested to hear how your silver paint holds up to the temperature of the fog light. Could you use your foglights at night and report back on this?

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I did this at least a year ago - I've used the lights many times since sometimes for hours and it's held up fine. This was not generic sliver spray paint. It was an Aluminum paint specifically for reflectors and other chrome surfaces. I don't think it would look anywhere near chrome because if lacks that mirror surface. But in the reflector it works well. It was not expensive and I got the paint at the local hardware store.
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I did this at least a year ago - I've used the lights many times since sometimes for hours and it's held up fine. This was not generic sliver spray paint. It was an Aluminum paint specifically for reflectors and other chrome surfaces. I don't think it would look anywhere near chrome because if lacks that mirror surface. But in the reflector it works well. It was not expensive and I got the paint at the local hardware store.
I've been wanting to do the same sort of thing but haven't found a suitable paint. Finally I ordered CRC Zinc-It because it is more heat resistant, but I haven't tried it yet. I would appreciate it if you could provide the details of the paint you used. I have not seen aluminum paint before...
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The bulb in question is a standard two-in-one: one filament for the turn signal, another for the fog lamp. I replaced every bulb in my 108 two weekends ago and didn't find exact replacements, but DID find bulbs that worked.

If nothing else, take it to the parts place and look for something that is similar - two-in-ones are common.
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The bulb in question is a standard two-in-one: one filament for the turn signal, another for the fog lamp. I replaced every bulb in my 108 two weekends ago and didn't find exact replacements, but DID find bulbs that worked.

If nothing else, take it to the parts place and look for something that is similar - two-in-ones are common.
No no no. All wrong (sorry). The turn signal is not coupled with the fog lamp on this lamp assembly. Also, this fog lamp would not be found typically on a 108. This bulb is bigger than the two-in-one bulbs you are thinking of. I think you are talking about a bulb for brake light & turn signal in a single lens. This is not like that, and the fitting is not like that. It's much bigger and more unusual.

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